In our review of “Scary Movie”, I spoke out sort-of in defence of Friedberg and Setzer and their dreadful parody movies, a defence which boiled down to “we get the sort of entertainment we deserve”. But their guilt lies not so much in their movies, but their hideous demon spawn, people who – if you can imagine such a thing – see the two of them as an inspiration. Do you remember “Not Another Not Another Movie”? “Stan Helsing”? Be glad if you don’t, my friends. To add to this list of shame, we now have “The Walking Deceased”.
When you long for the days of “Epic Movie”, you know you’re in trouble. Most of the parody movies follow a rough template – the main plot will be recognisably similar to something big (“Scream” begat “Scary Movie”, “Twilight” begat “Vampires Suck”, and so on); but then the plot for that movie will keep getting interrupted by skits and appearances by characters and situations from other movies. Simple, awful, but effective. What this movie does is something a little different. Three movies meet, sort of interact, then tell what’s largely an original story (well, “original” in terms of rotten bargain basement parody movies, but you get the idea).
R (the zombie with an interior monologue) from “Warm Bodies” falls in love with the Emma Stone character from “Zombieland”, which introduces that movie’s four main characters. As they’re wandering through a hospital, they disturb the Sheriff from “The Walking Dead”, which introduces him, his foul-mouthed son and a few hangers-on, replicas of people from that series. They start off in a mall (“Dawn of the Dead”) then go for a drive (every zombie movie ever) and end up at a farmhouse (that boring season of “The Walking Dead”).
That’s really sort of it. Much of the humour that isn’t just “hey! Remember this thing?” relies on people shouting abuse at each other – plus, they do a “29 days later” joke, a good decade after Uwe Boll did it in “House of the Dead”. Uwe Boll! But mostly it’s just a laugh-free cover version of scenes you’ll remember from better movies, with the biggest name being Dave Sheridan, the simpleton cop from “Scary Movie”. The rest of the cast are fine, and it’s not the cheapest looking movie ever by a long shot, but it’s all such a waste of time! In fact, I’m not really sure why I spent this long writing about it. I highly recommend watching some “Walking Dead” outtakes if you want a laugh, and leaving this film to fall into justified and complete obscurity.
Rating: thumbs down